Chicken and butternut squash ragout recipe

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The spiced tomato sauce of this chicken and butternut squash ragout is great with crusty bread dipped in.

chicken squash ragout
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  • Low-fat
  • healthy
Preparation Time15 mins
Cooking Time50 mins
Total Time1 hours 5 mins
Five A DayOne
Cost RangeMid
Nutrition Per PortionRDA
Calories460 Kcal23%
Fat18 g26%
Saturated Fat3.5 g18%
Carbohydrates33 g13%

The spiced tomato sauce of this chicken and butternut squash ragout is great with crusty bread dipped in.

If you're looking for an easy one-pot dinner, our chicken and butternut squash ragout is perfect. It's simple to prepare and can be made ahead too making it perfect for entertaining or in the week. Thanks to the tinned tomatoes, this dish is high in vitamin A and C. The chickpeas bring a boost of protein alongside the chicken. 


  • 4tbsp olive oil
  • 4 chicken legs
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • Butternut squash, peeled and chopped into chunks
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 2tsp Cinnamon
  • 2tsp Cumin
  • 2tsp Turmeric
  • 1tsp Chilli flakes
  • 2 x tins chopped tomatoes
  • 250ml chicken stock
  • 1 tin chick peas
  • Small bunch parsley, chopped
  • Natural yogurt, to serve




  1. Heat 2 tbsp of oil in a large lidded pan and cook the chicken legs on each side to brown - you may need to do this in batches. Remove from the pan and set aside. Add 1tbsp oil to the pan, heat and add the onion. Fry on a low-medium heat to soften. Once they have softened, sprinkle in the spices and fry for 30 secs to allow the flavours to infuse. Stir in the squash and garlic. Cook for 5mins, until the squash begins to soften.  
  2. Pour in the chopped tomatoes, chicken stock and chickpeas. Stir well then add the chicken legs back into the pan. Ensure the chicken is covered by the sauce, pop the lid on the pan and simmer gently for 25-30 mins, until the chicken and butternut squash is cooked through. Remove the lid for the last 10 mins to help the sauce thicken.  
  3. Spoon the yogurt onto the top and sprinkle with the chopped parsley. Serve.  

Top tips for making chicken and butternut squash ragout:

  • If you need a vegetarian option you can leave out the chicken thighs add more pulses like borlotti beans or butter beans

  • You could serve this dish with fresh crusty bread or rice to absorb the spicy sauce

  • This recipe can be made ahead and frozen, defrost thoroughly before re-heating

What does ragout mean?

The definition of ragout is a dish made from seasoned meat and vegetables cooked in a thick sauce

What is the difference between ragout, stew and ragu?

All three dishes are essentially the same though they have varying geographic origins and the serving suggestions vary. Ragout and stew are basically the same but ragout is often used in recipes of French origin.

A stew can refer to a meat or vegetable dish that is cooked over low heat for a long time with just enough liquid to ensure the dish doesn't dry out but does not fully submerge the core ingredients.

Ragu is an Italian dish, which consists of a meat-based sauce much like ragout and stews but it's usually served with pasta.

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Samuel Goldsmith
Freelance food writer

Former Assistant Headteacher, Samuel has a BSc in Food from the University of Birmingham and is also Co-Vice Chair of the Guild of Food Writers and a Trustee of 91 Ways CIC. His work has featured in national and international publications including Waitrose Food, Australian Delicious, and the LAD Bible Group. Samuel has also consulted on a number of best-selling food and drink books, and was a nutritional consultant for BBC’s Eat Well for Less.